Who's up for a July 4th getaway? Look no further than Athens, Georgia, for a weekend full of Fourth of July festivities, including endless music, food, festival entertainment, and of course, fireworks shows in Downtown Athens and at Southern Brewing Company!  

Mark your calendars and make plans now to be in Athens for the Fourth. Check out these 4th of July events to keep you entertained for the full holiday weekend.


The Star Spangled Classic Firework Celebration

The fun starts on Saturday, June 30th when the skies over historic downtown Athens light up with an extraordinary display of lights and colors. The Star Spangled Classic is a staple of summer life in Athens. The event kicks off around 5 p.m. with live music performed by The Funk Brotherhood, along with food trucks and children's activities on Washington Street and College Avenue. All of this leads up to a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., which this year will be synchronized to a patriotic playlist that you can download onto your smartphone. Be sure to come check it out! 









Classic City Band Annual Patriotic Concert
Classic City Band

If fireworks aren't your thing, but you still want to get into the patriotic spirit, be sure to go see the Classic City Band at the State Botanical Garden on July 1st. The band will be performing from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the air-conditioned conservatory. The event is free admission and out of the summer heat, so arrive early to grab a spot! 











Photo by: Wade Sheldon  

Classic City American Music Festival

Classic City Music FestivalOn Sunday, July 1, you'll want to be at the Foundry for the 10th Annual Classic City American Music Festival. This family-friendly all-day event will feature multiple music acts, including the Parkway Handle Band, Pickled Holler, Grassland, and The Cleverlys. With a new group playing every hour, this is an Athens music event that you don't want to miss! Tickets cost $15 for advance payment, $20 at the door, $10 for college students, and is free for children under 12 (with a paid general admission adult ticket). BBQ will also be served, making it the ultimate Athens Fourth of July celebration.











July 4th Southern Style 

Gyroscope House

The fun continues on Wednesday, July 4th itself at Southern Brewing Company. Celebrate the Fourth with handcrafted beer and wings, all while listening to Monk Tesh and Moon Chief perform. You can also embrace your competitive side with the Cornhole ATH tournament. Better start warming up your arm now! 








Have we convinced you to add Athens to your July 4th plans? Check out our full calendar of weekend events, make hotel reservations, and take a look at our suggested itineraries to plan the best Athens getaway around!